Admont Abbey

Natural History Museum

One of the most important natural history collections in Europe

Full Experience

100 wax apples

Millions of insects

Rare minerals

Features

After the devastating fire in 1865, the Natural History Museum was rebuilt between 1866 and 1906 by Benedictine monk Gabriel Strobl from Admont. He was just 20 when he started the project. In his scientific work, Strobl built up a huge insect collection with around 252,000 specimens. The collection of some 50,000 flies (Diptera) is itself one of the most important in Europe.

Passion of researchers

A cooperation project between the Gesäuse National Park and Admont Abbey can be experienced in the third side room. The permanent exhibition tries to arouse the visitors’ appreciation of nature and especially the nearby Gesäuse National Park by sharing the passion of the researchers.

Discover the fantastic collection of insects

The insect collection is of particular importance, especially the collection of flies assembled by Dom Gabriel Strobl more than 100 years ago. Research on this collection continues to this day. Contacts with international institutes exist and recognized experts strive for further research and detailed classification of the specimens. Scientific works and newly written books, especially by Milan Chvála, prove the continued value of the impressive collection in the world of research.

See all 243 wax fruits created by Dom Constantin Keller

The second side room presents all 243 exhibits of wax fruit by Dom Constantin Keller (1778–1864) in an impressive installation. A curved display case construction even lends the room a fruit-like shape. It houses the ornate one-of-a-kind items that Dom Constantin made in wax based on originals he had grown himself. The wax fruits are of the highest quality and correspond almost perfectly to their natural models. This also includes types of fruit that have largely disappeared from the world today.

A special kind of "nature hike"

The southeast pavilion offers wonderful views of the national park area and is the perfect conclusion to this “nature hike.” What was once the only room in the Natural History Museum is now dedicated to a large collection of rocks and minerals as well as a colorful display of European and native mammals and birds.

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